Photo: Margaret McKinney/Highlands University

 Highlands geology students who earned awards from the New Mexico Geological Society display their checks at an awards ceremony April 29. From the front left are Ryan Mann, Zakiya Shivji, Jeff Falance, and geology professor Jennifer Lindline. From the back left are Daniel Hernández, John Lynch, and Trevor Anthony.


Las Vegas, N.M. – The New Mexico Geological Society tapped Highlands University geology students for scholarships aimed at advancing geologic knowledge of New Mexico.

“Matthew Lane’s thesis research examines the potential environmental impact of a proposed gold mine in Santa Fe County while Zakiya Shivji’s thesis research will shed new light on the structural development of rocks in the Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” said Jennifer Lindline, geology professor and head of the Natural Resources Management Department at Highlands.

Lane was awarded $2,000, and Shivji was awarded $1,000. The money is earmarked for their thesis research, which Lindline advises.

“The New Mexico Geological Society was impressed with the quality and originality of the students’ research. I’m incredibly proud of these two graduate students and all the geology students who received these monetary awards. It was a very competitive process,” Lindline said.

Environmental geology students Ryan Mann and John Lynch were tapped for the NMGS Lucille H. Pipkin Outstanding Senior Scholarship. Each senior received $1,500.

The New Mexico Geological Society also awarded textbook scholarships for $150 to three undergraduate environmental geology majors: Trevor Anthony, Jeff Falance, and Daniel Hernández.

The Highlands geology faculty nominated the students for the textbook scholarships based on academic achievement and character.

Lindline said scholarship money like the New Mexico Geological Society awards is important for retention and degree completion.